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Accident: 170870935 - Employee Injured By Fall While Skiing On Ski Patrol

Accident: 170870935 -- Report ID: 0950621 -- Event Date: 03/01/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12015059404/22/20027999Heavenly Valley Ski Resort
At 4:30 p.m. on February 28, 2002, Employee #1, a ski patrol employee of Heavenly Valley Ski Resort, was seriously injured while patrolling on the ski slopes at South Lake Tahoe, California. The accident happened while Employee #1 was coming down the ski slope, performing a presweep inspection. When Employee #1 was nearing the bottom of the run and nearly at the entrance to a beginning ski area, he struck a snow berm. The snow berm was left by an entry fence to the beginning ski area that is removed each night. It threw Employee #1 up into the air and he then crashed upon landing. The small berm was masked in the shadows of trees. At the time of the accident, Employee #1's injury didn't appear to be serious. He returned to work the next day and did not go to the hospital until March 3, 2002, where he underwent emergency surgery for a ruptured spleen.
Keywords: spleen, skiing, rupture, fall
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 120150594 Hospitalized injury Other Recreation workers

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